Ethics: Selections from Classic and Contemporary Writers / Edition 11

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Overview

The most important moral philosophers of the Western tradition all in one place! Chronologically organized to illuminate each writer's role in the history of ethics, the book's comprehensive coverage fosters a firm grasp of ideas in the history of Western moral philosophy, as well as contemporary moral philosophy. Selections from the contemporary period are designed to highlight the continuity between the history of moral philosophy and contemporary moral theory. The collection includes an introduction to ethical theory, introductions to each of the major historical periods, brief introductions to each selection, and new study tools to help focus your reading.

This exceptional collection includes writings of the most important and influential moral philosophers of the western tradition, from Plato to John Rawls. Chronologically organized to illuminate each writer's role in the history of ethics, the book's comprehensive coverage fosters a firm grasp of ideas in the history of Western moral philosophy, as well as contemporary moral philosophy. Selections from the contemporary period are designed to highlight the continuity between the history of moral philosophy and contemporary moral theory. The collection includes an introduction to ethical theory, introductions to each of the major historical periods, and brief introductions to each selection that orient students to the primary material.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an outstanding text for introducing undergraduate students to the history of the development of ethics as it unfolded in the western world." — Margaret Monahan Hogan, University of Portland

"I believe that given the fine choice of historically relevant articles on philosophical ethics and because of its pedagogical features, it is a worthy contender as a textbook to be used in introductory ethics course." — Miguel Endara, Los Angeles Pierce College

"I have used this exemplary text book for years; I wouldn't do without this book for at least three of my classes." — Lorraine Marie Arangno, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

"A good source of readings by the main moral philosophers throughout the history of ethics." — Hadley T Michell, Taylor University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780538452823
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 594,843
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Dr. Oliver A. Johnson studied at Oxford University in England, and received his doctorate in philosophy from Yale University. He was one of the founding faculty members of University of California at Riverside, and was chairman of the philosophy department. He served as the Academic Senate Chairman and secretary-treasurer of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division. He is known for his writings on ethics and the foundations of knowledge.

Andrews Reath has written extensively on many aspects of Kant's ethics. He has also edited (with Barbara Herman and Christine M. Korsgaard) RECLAIMING THE HISTORY OF ETHICS: ESSAYS FOR JOHN RAWLS (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part One: THE CLASSICAL AND MEDIEVAL ERAS. 1. Socrates. Euthyphro. 2. Plato. Republic. 3. Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. 4. Epicurus. Epicurus to Menoeceus. 5. Epictetus. The Encheiridion. 6. St. Augustine. Of the Morals of the Catholic Church. The Enchiridion. 7. St. Thomas Aquinas. Summa Contra Gentiles. Summa Theologica. Part Two: THE MODERN WORLD. 8. Thomas Hobbes. Leviathan. 9. David Hume. A Treatise of Human Nature. 10. Immanuel Kant. Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals. 11. Jeremy Bentham. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation. 12. John Stuart Mill. Utilitarianism. 13. Søren Kierkegaard. The Journals. Either/Or. Fear and Trembling. 14. Karl Marx. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts. 15. Friedrich Nietzsche. Beyond Good and Evil. On the Genealogy of Morality. Part Three: THE CONTEMPORARY ERA. 16. G. E. Moore. Principia Ethica. 17. W.D. Ross. The Right and the Good. 18. A.J. Ayer. Language, Truth and Logic. 19. Jean-Paul Sartre. Existentialism. 20. Bernard Williams. Relativism. 21. John Rawls. A Theory of Justice. 22. R.M. Hare. A Utilitarian Approach to Ethics. Moral Thinking. 23. T.M. Scanlon. Contractualism and Utilitarianism. 24. Thomas Nagel. The View From Nowhere. 25. Bernard Williams. Persons, Character and Morality. 26. Gilbert Harman. Is There a Single True Morality? 27. Philippa Foot. Does Subjectivism Rest on a Mistake? 28. Christine M. Korsgaard. Self-Constitution in the Ethics of Plato and Kant. 29. Philip Quinn. God and Morality. 30. Annette C. Baier. The Need for More than Justice.

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